Dr. Heazar “Matyat” Ismail originates from Kedah; the Rice Bowl State of Malaysia. Born in 1978, he is the 2nd son from 3 children from a family of modest civil servants; whose family in turn were farmers. Dr. Heazar Ismail was a child of the Malaysian NEP Initiative, and in his late teens was given a chance to further his studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.
After graduating with a BEng in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Heazar then secured a research grant to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the UK Government. Awarded his PhD at 26, he worked for 2 years with an international development organisation co-ordinating relief and emergency projects in Indonesia during the 2005 Boxing Day Tsunami, Pakistan(Earthquake) and China before returning to his original training and taking up work as a Scientist with a Multinational Oil Giant.
Dr. Heazar Ismail in his limited spare time is a keen observer and grassroots activist of the Malaysian Political scene, with special affiliation and interest with the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the ruling party of Malaysia. Dr. Heazar Ismail himself is a branch member and also was a key activist in its student movement overseas since 1998.
Currently Dr. Heazar Ismail is an associate professor with a public university at the northern tip of the Malay Peninsular, but is seconded for what he terms as national service with a senior politician within the Ministry of Higher Education.
A firm believer in social justice and the principal belief of “amal makruf nahi mungkar” (literal translation “doing good and preventing wrong-doing”) is the responsibility of all Muslims, Dr. Heazar Ismail tries to disseminate his humble thoughts as his contribution towards change.